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The Video Game Newsroom Time Machine is a weekly retro gaming podcast in which we travel back in time to see what was making headlines 40, 30, and 20 years ago in the arcade, video game, and computer gaming business and interview industry veterans. 

We try to put those events into historical context to understand how the industry of today came to be. 

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Nov 26, 2023

Mortal Monday, 
F-15 Strike Eagle saved by Falcon, 
Sega announces Saturn

These stories and many more on this episode of the VGNRTM

This episode we will look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in September 1993. 

As always, we'll mostly be using magazine cover dates, and those are of course always a bit behind the actual events.

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7 Minutes in Heaven: General Chaos
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August 1993 Ep -
5th Anniversary Interview -
Ethan's fine site The History of How We Play:
Ethan, in fact, playing Wizkid -


September 13th is Mortal Monday
    Gregory Fischbach Part 2 - Acclaim
    Gregory Fischbach Part 1 - Activision - Acclaim
    Chris Garske - EA - Activision - Sierra - Sega - GT Interactive

Street Fighter 2 sequels not as pricey as expected

Bill White switches sides

Nintendo Espana founded

Sega beats Nintendo at CES

CES closes to the public

Multimedia is the new hotness

MPEG becomes standard

Commodore sets big goals for CD32
    The One , Sept. 1993, pg. 14

CDI gets FMV add-on

Saturn is Sega's future

Japanese turn to yanks

Game crossovers taking off

Acclaim is wheeling and dealing

Acclaim signs deal with James Cameron
Barkley signs with Accolade

Game while you fly in Europe

Top Guy takes the NES on the go  
Microprose bought by Spectrum Holobyte
    Wild Bill Stealey - Microprose

Windows goes to the Arcade

Lucasfilm sends Amiga owners mixed messages  
    Amiga Games September 1993 pg. 8

SSI diversifies D&D
    Joel Billings - SSI
    Don Daglow Part 2 - Broderbund - Beyond Software - Stormfront - SSI
    Don Daglow Part 1 - PDP - Mattel - Intellivision - EA

Psygnosis partners with MDI

Ad games continue to proliferate in Germany  Amiga Games September 1993 pg. 9

Tandy to sell off computer manufacturing operations
MediaVision give Soundblaster a run for its money

Mediavision gets into interactive movie biz

Scorched Earth reviewed in CGW

Sega gets into toys

TSN goes paperless
    Ken Williams - Sierra
Andy Eddy leaves Video Games and Computer Entertainment
Smithsonian inducts software

Vectrex makers post OG files online
Camerica shuts down

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Digital Antiquarian:

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Retro Asylum:

Retro Game Squad:

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